Taylorcraft Auster AOP.6

In 1947 the first Austers that were ordered to equip an oberservation squadron, 369 Squadron at Brasschaat, were delivered. As this base was still under construction the aircraft were first stored at Wevelgem and a few were used for training at Schaffen (Diest).
In 1952 the first Piper Super Cubs were delivered that replaced the Austers.
However it took until 1955 before the unit (redesignated 15 Squadron Light Aviation) would stop using the Austers. A few aircraft remained active with 42 Squadron at Wahn (Germany) until 1956-1957 and one single aircraft with 1 Wing at Beauvechain until 1958.


A1 c/n 2816 RAF-Serial: VT977
  • 000847: taken on charge
  • 000847: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat, fitted with lateral cameras
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 230355: crash at Wahn (Germany) (15 Sqn Lt Avn)
  • 000355: struck of charge

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A2 c/n 2823 RAF-Serial: VT984
  • 000847: taken on charge
  • 000847: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 000000: fitted with lateral cameras
  • 000000: fitted with glider towing equipment
  • 000056: struck of charge (stored?)
  • 000057: modified for Southpole-expedition
  • 121157: departed Antwerp on board Norwegian vessel 'Polarsirkel'
  • 261257: arrived Southpole
  • 051258: cat.5 Overturned near Mount Belgica during Southpole-expedition, wreck abandoned on the Southpole
  • 001258: struck of charge
  • 001208: wreckage was rediscovered by the 2007-2008 Belgian Southpole-expedition exactly 50 years after the crash
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A3 c/n 2818 RAF-Serial: VT979
  • 000847: taken on charge
  • 000847: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 000000: fitted with lateral cameras
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDA (CofA 1201) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Casteau
  • 000072: to Les Amis du musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, Zwartberg
  • 171176: cancelled as OO-FDA
  • 000000: to Brussels Air Museum (stored)
  • 000001: taken out of store and restored in silver colorscheme
  • 300903: last noted at Brussels Air Museum as 'A3'
  • 000004: since this noted regularly as travelling exhibit
  • 000906: noted stored at Vissenaken (Brussels Air Museum depot)
  • 100308: first noted being painted in a red colourscheme at Vissenaken
  • 050708: first noted as 'A-2' in red colourscheme used by the real A-2 during the Southpole-expedition

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A4 c/n 2819 RAF-Serial: VT980
  • 000847: taken on charge
  • 000847: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 290654: crashed near Ophasselt (15 Sqn Lt Avn)
  • 000654: struck of charge

A5 c/n 2815 RAF-Serial: VT976
  • 000847: taken on charge
  • 000847: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 130153: crashed at Haccourt (Oppeye). Pilot: Lt. Paul Blondiaux
  • 000153: struck of charge

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A6 c/n 2822 RAF-Serial: VT983
  • 000847: taken on charge
  • 000847: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 181253: Overturned at Brasschaat (15 Sqn Lt Avn)
  • 001253: struck of charge

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A7 c/n 2820 RAF-Serial: VT981
  • 000847: taken on charge
  • 000847: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 000000: fitted with glider towing equipment
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDB (CofA 1202) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Temploux
  • 110468: cancelled as OO-FDB
  • 000000: to Brussels Air Museum (stored)
  • 000092: noted stored Tielen (depot Brussels Air Museum)
  • 001296: noted stored Kapellen (depot Brussels Air Museum)
  • 000202: first noted stored Vissenaken (depot Brussels Air Museum)
  • 000906: noted stored Vissenaken (wing section)

A8 c/n 2824 RAF-Serial: VT988
  • 000847: taken on charge
  • 000847: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDC (CofA 1203) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Zwartberg
  • 000000: cancelled as OO-FDC
  • 010471: broken up Zwart,berg, wings used for A17/OO-FDJ (to be confirmed)
  • 000079: noted stored Brussels Air Museum
  • 000092: remains stored Tielen (depot Brussels Air Museum)
  • 001296: remains stored Kapellen (depot Brussels Air Museum)
  • 000202: first noted stored Vissenaken (depot Brussels Air Museum)
  • 000906: wings (marked OO-FDC) noted stored Vissenaken

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A9 c/n 2817 RAF-Serial: VT978
  • 000847: taken on charge
  • 000847: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDD (CofA 1204) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Gosselies (tt 494:50 hrs)
  • 280763: Emergency landing in a field near Kersbeek-Miskom after engine problems, the aircraft overturned. The aircraft had a Schleicher-glider on tow, who was not able to disconnect itself from the Auster. The gliderpilot bailed out by parachute, but too low and was killed. (tt 750:13 hrs)
  • 160468: cancelled as OO-FDD
  • 000000: transferred to Brussels Air Museum
  • 000079: stored Brussels Air Museum
  • 000092: stored Tielen (depot Brussels Air Museum)
  • 001296: stored Kapellen (depot Brussels Air Museum)
  • 000202: last noted stored Vissenaken

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A10 c/n 2868 RAF-Serial: VT989
  • 000947: taken on charge
  • 000947: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 041250: cat.5 Mid-air collision with Auster A19 during a military over Brussels. During the fly-by the leader noticed that his formation was not on the planned route and made a sudden manoeuvre, in this his collided with his wingman. Both aircraft crashed at Etterbeek, the pilot of Auster A10, Capt. Robert Verbruggen, was killed.
  • 001250: struck of charge

A11 c/n 2826 RAF-Serial: VT990
  • 001047: taken on charge
  • 001047: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDE (CofA 1205) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Balen-Nete
  • 260970: noted on dump Zwartberg
  • 010471: cancelled as OO-FDE
  • 000000: transferred to Brussels Air Museum
  • 000079: stored Brussels Air Museum
  • 000902: first noted preserved Brussels Air Museum
  • 000906: wings marked OO-FDE noted at Vissenaken (Brussels Air Museum depot)
  • current: preserved Brussels Air Museum

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A12 c/n 2827 RAF-Serial: VT991
  • 001047: taken on charge
  • 001047: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDF (CofA 1206) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Virton
  • 270562: crash at Virton
  • 190363: cancelled as OO-FDF

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A13 c/n 2825 RAF-Serial: VT986
  • 001047: taken on charge
  • 001047: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDG (BvL 1207) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Gent
  • 120562: crash at Gent
  • 190363: cancelled as OO-FDG

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A14 c/n 2830 RAF-Serial: VT987
  • 001047: taken on charge
  • 001047: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 000157: struck of charge
  • 121083: registered G-BKXP Slough (UK)
  • 000184: to R.Skigley
  • 210390: to BJ&WJ Ellis, Little Gransden, Cambs. (UK)
  • 000601: first noted Thruxton Aerodrome, Hampshire (under restauration)
  • 000503: last noted Thruxton Aerodrome, Hampshire (under restauration at Classic Aero Engineering)

A15 c/n 2834 RAF-Serial: VT995
  • 001147: taken on charge
  • 001147: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 000157: struck of charge
  • 250958: registerd OO-FDH (CofA 1208) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Aalst, Diest,Spa
  • 230570: wfu at Spa
  • 010471: cancelled as OO-FDH
  • 000070s: gate-guard Brasschaat als A15
  • 000082: repainted as 'A16'
  • 280999: restored with parts of A22, geschilderd als 'A16'
  • 050503: l/n
  • 000005: transported to Bierset, to become gateguard at Bierset
  • 290307: first noted as gateguard Bierset
  • 000813: noted stored in the 'Artillerymuseum Gunfire', Brasschaat

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A16 c/n 2835 RAF-Serial: VT996
  • 001147: taken on charge
  • 001147: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 000000: fitted with glider towing equipment
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDI (BvL1209) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Verviers
  • 000000: cancelled as OO-FDI
  • 000079: stored Brussels Air Museum
  • 000593: to Museum Kbely, Czech Republic (exchanged for Aero L29 Delphin)
  • 000901: preserved Kbely (Hall B) as 'A16'
  • 120805: original wings noted Vissenaken (Brussels Air Museum depot)
  • 230906: wings noted stored Vissenaken

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A17 c/n 2832 RAF-Serial: VT993
  • 001147: taken on charge
  • 001147: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 000000: fitted with glider towing equipment
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDJ (BvL 1210) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Zwartberg
  • 260970: noted dumped Zwartberg
  • 010471: cancelled as OO-FDJ
  • 000000: repaired with wings of A8/OO-FDC (to be confirmed)
  • 000000: transferred to Brussels Air Museum
  • 000079: stored Brussels Air Museum
  • 000092: stored Tielen (Brussels Air Museum depot)
  • 001296: stored Kapellen (Brussels Air Museum depot)
  • 000202: stored Vissenaken (Brussels Air Museum depot)
  • 000906: fuselage noted stored Vissenaken

A18 c/n 2831 RAF-Serial: VT992
  • 001147: taken on charge
  • 001147: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 000000: fitted with glider towing equipment
  • 000056: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDK (BvL 1211) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Antwerpen
  • 000000: wreckage noted at Antwerp
  • 010471: canclled as OO-FDK
  • 000000: wreck stored Vissenaken (Brussels Air Museum depot)

A19 c/n 2924 RAF-Serial: VT985
  • 001247: taken on charge
  • 001247: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 041250: cat.5 Mid-air collision with Auster A10 during a military over Brussels. During the fly-by the leader (A10) noticed that his formation was not on the planned route and made a sudden manoeuvre, in this his collided with his wingman (A19). Both aircraft crashed at Etterbeek, the pilot of Auster A19, OLt. Jean Desquiens, escaped unhurt. (tt 246:50 hrs)
  • 001250: struck of charge

A20 c/n 2833 RAF-Serial: VT994
  • 001247: taken on charge
  • 001247: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 000056: struck of charge
  • 000000: wreck at Royston (UK), parts used in restauration of A14/G-BKXP

A21 c/n 2821 RAF-Serial: VT982
  • 000148: taken on charge
  • 000148: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 000056: struck of charge
  • 160959: registered OO-OVL M.Van Lantschoot, St.Hubert
  • 270560: crash at Temploux
  • 160660: cancelled as OO-OVL

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A22 c/n 2836 RAF-Serial: VT997
  • 001147: taken on charge
  • 001147: taken on charge
  • 001147: 369Sqn Air OP Brasschaat
  • 000248: redesignated 15Sqn
  • 010454: after reorganisation transferred to Army Aviation
  • 001257: struck of charge
  • 250958: registered OO-FDL (BvL 1212) Fédération des Clubs Belges d'Aviation, Virton
  • 010471: cancelled as OO-FDL
  • 000000: transferred to Brussels Air Museum
  • 001296: notes tored Kapellen (Brussels Air Museum)
  • 280999: parts are used to restore A15 (Brasschaat gate guard marked as 'A16')
  • 230304: fuselage noted stored Vissenaken (Brussels Air Museum depot)
  • 230906: fuselage+wings noted stored Vissenaken (marked OO-FDL)



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